Vice-Speaker of the Iranian parliament Mohammad Reza Bahonar called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to take a deeper approach when dealing with Iran’s issue. Bahonar made the remarks Thursday morning in a meeting of the political branch of the Iranian Engineers’ Islamic Society and ahead of a visit to Tehran by the Russian president on Monday to attend a summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states.
Presidents and foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states – Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – are scheduled to arrive here in Tehran to attend the summit on October 16.
“A discussion of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea and multilateral cooperation among the littoral states as well as a review of the regional and international issues are among the main agenda of the meeting,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters during a weekly press conference last month.
“Participant heads of states are expected to give out a final statement at the end of the summit,” he added.
Foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in a meeting in Tehran on June 20 prepared a draft statement for the upcoming summit.
The foreign ministers also said they were confident that the upcoming summit would give rise to a fresh movement for developing relations and boosting multilateral cooperation among the said states.
In their meeting, the foreign ministers of the littoral states also studied a draft convention prepared by their deputies on the Caspian Sea legal regime, and reiterated that the talks – which they described as “positive” – should continue.
The ministers also said they were satisfied to see that the convention on the framework of the Caspian Sea Environmental Protection (Tehran Convention) has been put into effect, and called for the rapid compilation of complementary protocols.